DCYF is currently conducting assessments of the physical space in licensed child care centers to determine total licensed capacity and to identify any facility issues that require modification in order to meet the 2013 DCYF Child Care Program Standards for Licensure. A DCYF letter clarifies that licensed capacity is determined per regulation based on usable square feet, maximum group size, and available numbers of toilets and sinks.

Programs may request a time-limited variance to achieve compliance with regulations.

A variety of resources for program quality improvement are available, including some resources for facilities improvement. The state will have additional resources for facility improvements soon. The Rhode Island Department of Education has posted a Request for Proposals to identify a qualified vendor that can develop professional development resources, provide specialized assessment and technical assistance, and issue program improvement grants specific to improving early learning facilities. Proposals are due on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment Report to the Community
July 2014
This report details the findings of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment conducted by LISC’s Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) from January through May 2014. The report includes detailed information regarding the overall condition of Rhode Island early learning facilities with a particular focus on issues that may present barriers to meeting and maintaining licensing standards, including group size.

RI Department of Education – CLASS Observer Training

The Rhode Island Department of Education seeks applications from individuals interested in becoming part of RI’s pool of CLASS reliable assessors. Up to 14 individuals will be selected to attend CLASS Observer Certification training and will be trained to use the CLASS tool to observe and code teacher-child interactions in early childhood classrooms across multiple settings. This two-day training, held July 9 - 10 at the Center for Early Learning Professionals in Warwick, will prepare individuals for online reliability testing. Those who pass the CLASS reliability test will receive a Teachstone Certified CLASS Observer Certificate that is valid for one year.

This training is sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). It is the Department’s intent to increase the number of Certified CLASS observers available to the state’s QRIS and to RIDE’s Comprehensive Early Childhood Education program approval process. CLASS data may be used for program evaluation and as a basis for professional development planning.

There is no fee to participate in this training, which will be provided by a Certified CLASS Trainer. Individuals will not be compensated for attending training. However, once certified, individuals may apply to perform CLASS observations for BrightStars or RIDE on a fee-for-service basis.

A CLASS observation includes an onsite classroom observation and a detailed written report. Reports must be submitted within 72 hours of the observation and consultants must be available for follow-up consultation if necessary. The current consultant fee for a CLASS observation conducted for BrightStars or RIDE is $400, with no compensation for travel.

Training participants agree to:

  • Attend both days of the two-day training
  • Be present and actively participate for all eight hours of training each day
  • Independently prepare for and take the online reliability test before August 15, 2014
  • If necessary, take the test up to two more times before September 4, 2014
  • Forward RIDE a copy of their Teachstone CLASS Observer Certificate
  • Be available to perform a minimum of 3 CLASS observations per month on a fee-for-service basis
  • Participate in any ongoing activities designed to maintain assessor reliability
  • Acknowledge that CLASS Observers must recertify annually to maintain certification status
  • Acknowledge that selection for participation in the training and CLASS Certification does not imply a guarantee of work from RIDE or BrightStars

In addition, individuals that earn a CLASS Observer Certificate as part of this no-fee opportunity agree to obtain permission from RIDE prior to performing CLASS observations on behalf of any other entity for one year after initial certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field
  • Significant work experience in an early childhood setting
  • Classroom observation experience
  • Professional, organized, excellent writing skills

Interested candidates meeting all the above requirements may send a resume and a statement explaining their interest to by June 20, 2014. Individuals selected will be notified by June 30, 2014.



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